West Ham end Chelsea's 100 percent record with gritty draw

[Teams] West Ham vs Chelsea: Confirmed Line-Ups From The London Stadium

[Teams] West Ham vs Chelsea: Confirmed Line-Ups From The London Stadium

"We have to play against a very, very good team", he said when contemplating the league game next Saturday against the early season pacesetters.

Chelsea then return from Merseyside to host Liverpool in the Premier League next weekend.

West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko then squandered the game's best chance by sending a free header wide in the 78th minute and Fabianski ably handled two final Chelsea chances. It's impossible to win every match.

Substitute Alvaro Morata had a great opportunity to score for Chelsea on 66 minutes but his effort was blocked by the face of Lukasz Fabianski.

The result means Liverpool are the only team remaining with a 100 per cent record in the Premier League ahead of their Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea on Wednesday night. "It's OK, one point today".

Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri is the latest Premier League boss to call for assistance on fixture scheduling to boost English clubs' chances in Europe.

Pedro suffered a bad collision during the Europa League game vs PAOK and will surely not take part in the West Ham game.

After a cagey opening spell, Chelsea established control but the home side could have taken a lead against the run of play just before the half hour.

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Out to the left of Olivier Giroud, Hazard did his bit to ferry the ball forward, combining well with Marcos Alonso and Mateo Kovacic to execute Sarri's so-called vertical tiki-taka.

As the sun came out at the London Stadium, Chelsea again established control and almost took the lead when N'Golo Kante headed wide.

Centre-back Antonio Rudiger was forced off with an injury in the second half, as he started to hobble around the pitch.

Chelsea boast a frightening array of attacking talent, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian capable of dismantling any defence on their day, but the lack of a reliable front man could dent a title push.

Second-half substitute Alvaro Morata nearly made an instant impact for Chelsea, but he was unable to steer the ball past Lukasz Fabianski from close range, as Chelsea missed their chance to keep pace with league leaders Liverpool. Asked if his star player had done so against West Ham, the Italian said: "Not in the first half".

"Midweek [against Liverpool in the EFL Cup] it won't matter because I don't think they've got a big, Christian Benteke type striker".

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has managed to stop the rot with four points from the past two matches.

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